Rep. Keith Wheeler files bill strengthening penalties on non-profit theft

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois State Capitol

State Representative Keith Wheeler filed HB6599 to increase penalties on those convicted of stealing from not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

Wheeler said “We need to stiffen the criminal penalties for anyone convicted of misusing funds or in any way stealing from a nonprofit organization. These nonprofits do so much incredible and important work in the community, serving those who fall through the cracks of inefficient and impersonal government programs. We need to protect the integrity of the generous local donations that fund these organizations as well as honor the many unpaid volunteers who make these community service organizations viable.”

The entire bill can be found here: HB6599 increases penalties on theft from not-for-profits

In addition, the Kendall County Record posted this story: Rep. Wheeler bill tightens penalties for non-profit thieves